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Why low fat diets might be increasing heart disease risk

If you’ve been around the “paleo” or “ancestral eating” movements at all, you’ve probably heard that low fat, high carb diets may be making us fat (well not me, but most people).

My friend Alistair Donnell has been putting in a ton of research into this subject and in this article lays out the science for why low fat diets might actually be increasing the risk of heart disease.

It’s a bit of a tough read, but I urge you to take the time to read it anyway. Your life may literally depend on understanding this information and acting accordingly.

I had heard many of these conclusions before, but not the precise science behind why. In particular I hadn’t heard why polyunsaturated fats could be bad.

What I’m taking away from this is to have a good ratio of Omega 3s to 6s but limit these fats overall in favor of saturated fats like butter, lard, coconut oil, etc., while also reducing sugars and simple carbohydrates so that carbs are in better proportion to proteins and fats.

And of course, there will no doubt be individual differences as well, but as a general societal trend our attempt at reducing heart disease may have been to do more of what is causing the problem! (A classic systems problem.)

Click here to read the article: Likely Drivers of Atherosclerosis

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